Employment Equity FAQs

Why am I being asked Employment Equity questions on my application for employment?

Applicants may be asked to self identify so that we may understand if we are attracting a diverse group of candidates to open positions at the University. Completion of the Employment Equity based questions is voluntary.

Is it voluntary to self identify as a member of a diverse group?

Yes, it is completely voluntary.

Can I identify as belonging to more than one group?

Yes, you should identify yourself under all of the designated groups that apply to you.

I am not sure if I have a disability. What are some examples of disabilities?

Disabilities can be both visible and non-visible. Either way, you can self-identify as having a disability if you consider yourself to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment.
The following are some examples of disabilities:

  • Addiction (e.g. alcoholism, drug etc.)
  • Anxiety disorder (e.g. obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, etc.)
  • Blindness or vision loss (Note: If your glasses/contact lenses correct the vision loss, do not include yourself in this category)
  • Cancer (e.g. breast, prostate, lung, etc.)
  • Coordination or dexterity disability (e.g. cerebral palsy, arthritis, etc.)
  • Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing
  • Eating disorder (e.g. anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa)
  • Learning disability (e.g. dyslexia, etc.)
  • Speech impediment
  • Mobility impairment (e.g. due to spinal cord injury, amputation, etc.)
  • Mood disorder (e.g. clinical depression, bipolar disorder, etc.)
  • Non-visible physical disability (e.g. epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, heart condition, haemophilia, etc.)